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Finland Doesn’t Leave Survival to the Free Market – We Shouldn’t Either

Our state had an important visitor last week. Not a movie mogul, not a billionaire, not a high-tech Amazonian full of hubris. Someone much more important, with a message for building the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Her name

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Equal Pay, Health Care, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days, Progressive Tax Reform

Health Coverage in King County

Health Coverage in King County

August 25, 2016

King County residents, especially those with U.S. citizenship, have benefitted greatly from the expansion of health coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Between April 2014 and March 2016, the number of residents covered through Apple Health (Medicaid) and the Qualified

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Posted in Health Care

More Washington Kids Have Health Coverage, but Poverty Still a Roadblock

SEATTLE – Kids and families in Washington state have made some progress in the face of poverty rates that have yet to improve, according to the new national 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation. Washington is

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Health Care

By the numbers: The Affordable Care Act sees tremendous success in Washington

A recent Gallup poll found the national rate of uninsurance has fallen since the Affordable Care Act has been fully implemented. At the end of 2013, more than 17% of Americans were uninsured; by March of 2014, the rate had

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care

The 4 (or 5) Worst Market Failures in Human History

I’m a capitalist for one reason: to raise living standards in my community. A familiar mantra of capitalism guides me: Markets are powerful and efficient. I’m also a realist, so I temper that mantra: Markets are powerful and efficient. And markets

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Affordable Care Act will provide twin boost to Washington’s local economies

Today’s Supreme Court ruling clears the way for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide a twin boost to local economies across Washington. When fully implemented in 2014, more than 800,000 uninsured residents will gain access to health coverage[i], and

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care

Doing better than “getting by”: How to expand WA Basic Health

Doing better than “getting by”: How to expand WA Basic Health

March 6, 2012

The number of people without health insurance in Washington has climbed over the last decade, even during economic upswings. At the same time, enrollment in Washington’s Basic Health Plan has fallen dramatically, the  result of several years of compounding state

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Posted in Health Care

Health care budget deficit calculator

From the Center for Economic and Policy Research: The U.S. health care system is possibly the most inefficient in the world: We spend twice as much per person on health care as other advanced countries, but we have worse health

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